RRHA and Richmond City Health District receive national award


RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) and Richmond City Health District received the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) 2011 National Award of Merit in Resident and Client Services for the establishment of community-based Resource Centers. The Resource Centers are health hubs located in the heart of four of RRHA's public housing communities that provide community members with access to free health services and education.

The Resource Centers are located in RRHA's Fairfield, Whitcomb, Creighton, and Mosby communities and are operated by the Richmond City Health District. The first Resource Center opened in Fairfield in 2009 to provide services in an area of the City health officials had determined to be most impacted by health disparities. The fourth and most recent Resource Center opened in April 2011 in the Mosby community.

"We are grateful for this partnership with Richmond City Health District which allows us to provide much-needed and life-changing resources to RRHA community members who may otherwise go without necessary health services," said Maxine Cholmondeley, Interim CEO of RRHA. "This national award highlights the fact that these Resource Center models are indeed innovative solutions for addressing local health disparities and serving as gateways to better healthcare in the city of Richmond."

Dr. Danny Avula, Deputy Director of the Richmond City Health District, added: "We are excited about the opportunity to partner with RRHA and to be able to offer services to the Authority's residents."

The Resource Centers provide clinical care one full day and four half days every week. The care consists of STD screening and treatment, screening for chronic diseases (including obesity, hypertension and diabetes), provisions of contraception, cervical and breast cancer screening, and extensive teaching and counseling on chronic disease management, safe sexual behavior and family planning. Community members also receive critical information and services on issues such as HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, parenting, healthy eating and healthy living, and on obtaining an overall better quality of life for themselves and their families. The Resource Centers refer patients to primary healthcare providers in the community for comprehensive medical care. Community gardens are grown at each Resource Center location where community members learn about the importance of healthy living, including planting and eating fresh vegetables. Parents of children with special needs are also assisted through a weekly support group and classes are held on several topics including car seat safety, breast feeding and personal budgeting.